WONDER WHEEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, Jack Gore, David Krumholtz, Max Casella, Tony Sirico, Steven Schirripa. Woody Allen is a very prolific filmmaker who has averaged one film per year for the past five decades. And while the quality of his output has varied, he has produced a few bona fide classics along the way. He has also been nominated for more Oscars in the screenwriting category than any other filmmaker. And he writes strong roles for females - he has directed six actresses to an Continue reading

TULIP FEVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Chadwick Stars: Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, Holliday Grainger, Jack O'Connell, Judi Dench, Cara Delevingne, Tom Hollander, Kevin McKidd,  Matthew Morrison, Zach Galifianakis, Douglas Hodge, David Harewood. This melodramatic bodice ripper period romantic drama is set in Amsterdam in 1634. Tulips were very much prized and a source of great wealth in the market place. Playing out against this backdrop of a strong economic bubble and flourishing commodities market is a more formulaic story of romance, sex, Continue reading

THE DISASTER ARTIST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Franco Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Melanie Griffith, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Judd Apatow, Sharon Stone, Josh Hutcherson, Paul Scheer, Ari Graynor, Megan Mullally, Jason Mantzoukas, Hannibal Burress, Bob Odenkirk, Randall Park, Zoey Deutch. As with Tim Burton's glorious biopic about trashy filmmaker Ed Wood, The Disaster Artist is an affectionate look at a deluded filmmaker and a thoroughly entertaining look at the making of a bad and unintentionally Continue reading

WONDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Chbosky Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Noah Jupes, Bryce Ghesiar, Daveed Diggs, Millie Price, Nadji Jeter, Danielle Rose Russell. Based on the best-selling 2013 young adult novel written by R J Palacio, Wonder tells the story of 10-year old August Pullman (played by Jacob Tremblay, who was so good in Room), a sensitive and intelligent boy who was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a genetic disfiguring craniofacial abnormality. He underwent 27 Continue reading

ONLY THE BRAVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, James Badge Dale, Alex Russell, Andie MacDowell, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, Ben Hardy, Scott Haze. There have been a few great films about heroic firefighters, and the best of them is, arguably, Ron Howard's Backdraft. Other great films about firefighters have included Irwin Allen's star-studded disaster movie The Towering Inferno and the 1968 Hellfighters, which starred John Wayne as fictitious version of the legendary Red Continue reading